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UPDATE: Accused murderer shot, recaptured

Santo Hernandez was shot by police today, December 6.

The person who was shot on Tortola this morning has been identified as murder accused and prison escapee, Santo Hernandez.

Police shot him during an operation in the Butu Mountain area. He is now receiving treatment at Peebles Hospital which, as a result, was placed on lockdown.

Hernandez is in stable condition, police said in a media release today.

“Following receipt of intelligence, officers made a search of a residence in the Butu Mountain. Hernandez aggressively engaged the officers. Shots were discharged by police and Hernandez was subdued, apprehended and taken to Peebles Hospital.”

“Investigations in relation to this incident are ongoing; including persons seen around the premises prior to the operation,” the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force said.

Hernandez, who a native of the Dominican Republic, was one of three inmates that were still at large following a massive prisonbreak after Hurricane Irma in September.

Hernandez is charged with the murder of Alston Penn, whose lifeless body was found in a pool of blood on the Windy Hill road in March this year.


Peebles Hospital has been placed under yet another emergency lockdown following a shooting on Wednesday morning, December 6.

Details are still not clear but BVI News understands that the shooting happened before 7am today on Tortola.

This is at least the third incident in less than a month that the medical facility was placed on lockdown based on a shooting.

Four persons were shot, and two killed in the previous incidents.

BVI News has not been able to confirm injuries in relation to this morning’s shooting.

More information to be provided as this story develops.

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